Ujaha’s murderer must come forth: Prisoner

08 Sep 2018 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – An inmate serving his sentence at the Windhoek Central Prison, Collin Witbooi, has urged the perpetrators in the brutal killing of nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha to surrender in order for them to find inner peace.
Witbooi was speaking at the memorial service of Ujaha here on Thursday.
The little girl was reported missing on Sunday, 26 August 2018, before her seemingly burnt and mutilated remains were found three days later. Her arms, head and legs were cut off, while her internal organs were also removed.
Her body was found discarded in a riverbed near Staanvas circle in Khomasdal in the capital and so far, no suspect has been arrested in connection with her death.
Witbooi, who spoke on behalf of all prisoners incarcerated countrywide, warned the perpetrators: “You might escape man’s justice but not God’s justice.”
He said by coming forth, the perpetrators will bring peace and healing to the bereaved family.
“As offenders, some of us have gone through what you are going through now. We have committed crimes and tried to escape from the arm of the law, but our guilty conscience haunted us, making us to lose our peace of mind,” Witbooi added.
On her part, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka also called on the perpetrators to be brave enough and hand themselves over to the authorities as Namibia does not have the death penalty.
She stressed that the time has come for the nation not to tolerate any form of abuse against anyone, especially vulnerable groups such as women and children.
Children such as Ujaha, she noted, are vulnerable and at times lack the capacity to express themselves although they have the ability and maturity to understand and protect themselves from abuse against them.
Sioka thus called on parents to teach the little ones how to identify unsafe situations and move away from them.
“It is our responsibility as parents to create a safe environment for our children and provide a support system where they can report without fear if they feel threatened or have been violated,” she said.